This evening my sister and I had a homecoming of sorts. When we were small children, our parents used to take us occasionally to Les Freres Taix. We remember eating at long tables, family-style, with courses following one-another from the kitchen. I suspect our parents may have done some of their courting at this place which used to be downtown. Les Freres Taix was founded in 1926.
According to the mazazine articles on their walls, Taix (say "Tex", according to the menu) moved from downtown to its present location on Sunset at Glendale in 1962. It's now called Taix French Restaurant and the food and service are something like I imagine I'd find in a French bistro.
My sister's birthday was this past week and she asked to go to Taix for her birthday dinner. So the EE, sis, her BF and I all assembled there this evening at the appointed hour. If you want hair-raising, drop-dead, trendy, LA food, stay away. If you want good, traditional food, well prepared and well served, you owe yourself a trip to Taix.
We shared two appetizers, fried calimari which was good and served with cocktail sauce, and frogs' legs -- very garlicky which I take to be the point of eating frogs' legs.
The EE had trout almandine which he pronounced very good. It must have been since he ate more this evening than. I've seen him eat for weeks. Sis had grilled salmon, the BF had braised short ribs, and I had a special --a 10 oz. New York steak with green peppercorn sauce. My steak was cooked medium rare as orndered and was quite tasty. All of us had the "traditional" serving which includes soup and salad, and sherbet (although, I just realized, none of us had sherbet).
The service was very nice indeed. The folks there seemed to feel that serving customers is an honorable profession and they are professionals. One nice touch was the woman who took my reservation a few days ago. She was extremely cordial, and that set us up for a nice experience.
The bill for 1 cocktail, three glasses of wine, two appetizers and four entrees was $140 including tax and tip. The valet parking fee was $1.25 -- surely the lowest in the county. We will go back.
Taix French Restaurant
1911 W Sunset Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90026